Category Archives: Faith

Showered With God’s Love: The Story of Joseph and Marion

On May 30, 2015, my dear friends Joseph and Marion got married and it was such a wonderful day:  the Mass at St. Paul’s was beautiful and the reception at All Saints was fun and full of love.  I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Joseph and Marion:  their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.

In the fall of 2011, the Catholic Church was preparing to embrace a new translation and new parts for the Mass. Little did Joseph and Marion know that God was preparing them to celebrate a big change via a sacrament as well…but 4 years down the road.

Photo credit: Mark V (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131270953@N05/sets/72157652378402646/)
Photo credit: Mark Ventura (https://www.flickr.com/photos/131270953@N05/sets/72157652378402646/)

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It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask – The Power of a Prayer Request

Yesterday I participated in a retreat at Rosemary Heights with some of my work colleagues from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Before leaving my house in the morning, I texted some of my closest friends asking them if there was anything or anyone they wanted me to pray for.

I was affirmed and surprised by their prayer requests (I’ve slightly edited some of them to protect privacy):

  • My heart
  • My sister in the Philippines
  • The health and happiness of our newborn
  • Me as I recently broke up with my fiancee
  • The youth ministry coordinator
  • That we will be blessed with children
  • Good work-life balance
  • That my dad finds a purpose that makes him happy
  • My aunt having surgery tomorrow
  • My mom’s 70th birthday
  • My aunt who is ill
  • My dad and how he fits into my life
  • Peace in my heart
  • Integrity
  • My relationship with my boyfriend
  • A healthy granddaughter
  • Dissertation, move, and travel mercies
  • Vocation, family, and ministry
  • Me, my wife, and my family
  • That we can sell our house
  • A safe trip for my in laws
  • My upcoming trip overseas
  • Health of my relatives
  • Ministry inspiration and vision
  • My sister’s job transition
  • My friend who is struggling
  • My friend how just went through dialysis
  • Wisdom, clarity, and discernment and for God to open doors where He desires
  • My friend having struggles in her marriage
  • Safe labour for my wife
  • Our newborn daughter

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Emulating Mary’s “Yes”: God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called

Today is the Annunciation, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God.

As my friend and colleague Tom East has said, “I think this is an important day for us as youth ministers. We have the chance to be like Gabriel and bear God’s message of love and promise to teenagers. We speak on God’s behalf as we tell a young person: you are beautiful inside and out, and God has a plan for your life. What a privilege, this ministry we share.”

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Let it Go (Giving up Control): Reflections on FREEDOM

On Friday night, we held FREEDOM – our annual reconciliation event for youth – at St. Joseph Parish in Langley. Close to 300 teens and young adults packed the parish hall for an evening of prayer, worship, praise, skits, witness, and catechesis.

freedomcollageAlso, there were over a dozen priests (including Archbishop Michael) present to hear confessions. I spoke to a couple of them and they said that the quality of the confessions was really good. I’ve also heard priests in the past say that the event affirms their priesthood. That’s kinda cool.

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